Just in case there were some worries that Seattle Sounders FC 2 would have trouble adjusting to the USL, they answered any of those concerns with a resounding 4-2 win over defending champions Sacramento Republic on Saturday. The match had a little bit of something for everyone, from great tifo, wonderful atmosphere and tons of really impressive goals.
All four of S2's goals were highlight-reel worthy, with Pablo Rossi's free kick and Victor Mansaray's assist being the particularly standout moments.
Seattle Sounders FC 2 4 - Sacramento Republic FC 2
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Venue: Starfire Stadium
Referee: Baboucarr Jallow
Assistants: Mike Rottersman, Joshua Haimes
Fourth Official: Josh Wilkens
Weather: Cloudy and 50 degrees
SEA - Andy Craven (Damion Lowe) 49'
SAC - Justin Braun 64'
SEA - Sam Garza (Pablo Rossi) 70'
SEA - Pablo Rossi 76'
SEA - Cristian Roldan (Victor Mansaray) 89'
SAC - Octavio Guzman 90+'
SAC - Justin Braun (caution) 59'
SAC - Derek Foran (caution) 65'
SAC - James Kiffe (caution) 75'
LINEUPS & STATS
Seattle Sounders FC - Charlie Lyon; Oniel Fisher (Aaron Long 46'), Damion Lowe, Jimmy Ockford, Dylan Remick; Victor Mansaray, Amadou Sanyang (Cristian Roldan 62'), Giuliano Frano, Aaron Kovar (Sam Garza 69'); Pablo Rossi (Darwin Jones 86'), Andy Craven (Duncan McCormick 76')
Substitutes not used: Saif Kerawala, Nicholas Miele
Sacramento Republic FC - Patrick McLain; Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly, Derek Foran, James Kiffe; Gabriel Gonzalez, Octavio Guzman, Ivan Mirkovic, Joaquin Rivas (Cameron Iwasa 73'); Justin Braun, David Estrada (Adnan Gabeljic 83')
Substitutes not used: Dominik Jakubek, Agustin Cazarez, Manold Gissie, Felix Montagalvan